Week at a Glance

#PhillyLovesBowie Week

January 4 – 13, 2019


ruckuslogo⚡️Oh! You Pretty Things: A Bowie Inspired Art Show
@ Ruckus Gallery / 27 North 2nd St
6-10pm / FREE 

Regional artists inspired by David Bowie will once again showcase their creations in this special one-week only installation at Ruckus Gallery in Old City. Many of the pieces will be available for sale. This pop-up art show will be on display throughout Philly Loves Bowie Week (Gallery is closed Monday/Tuesday).


46367036_1975309269219943_7507486787686629376_n⚡️A Black Celebration presents
A Bowie Masquerade Ball 
@ Ruba Club / 416 Green St

10pm / $ / 21+

Advance Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-black-celebration-riot-nerd-presents-a-bowie-masquerade-ball-tickets-52852451104

DJ Baby Berlin and guests gather to celebrate Jareth the Goblin King as A Black Celebration embraces Labyrinth with a masquerade ball and dance party! Philly Loves Bowie co-organizer Robert Drake will be on hand to host the costume contest and award sweet prizes – but sadly, no crystal orbs! Remember, I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave. But whatever you do, don’t remind me of the babe! Partial proceeds from the door benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.



⚡️The Hunger 
@ South Street Cinema / 327 South Street


Philadelphia Underground Film Festival presents The Hunger at the intimate neighborhood screening room – the South Street Cinema – located in the heart of the South Street Headhouse District. Proceeds from this screening will benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.  


CandyVolcano⚡️Candy Volcano presents Bowie Forever
@ Underground Arts / 1200 Callowhill St
8:30pm / $ / 21+

Advance Tix: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1792939

Once again Philly’s own Candy Volcano takes the stage to celebrate both Bowie as only they know how! This year, they’re offering  Ziggy v. The Thin White Duke! Candy Volcano will perform the Ziggy album, Station to Station & throwing in some tracks from Pin-Ups and more… just for fun!


IMG_4886-2⚡️Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie
@ Franky Bradley’s / 1320 Chancellor St
6pm doors  show 7pm / $ / 21+

Advance Tixhttps://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1803253

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie explores the lifelong “soul love”  that Brooklyn-based performer Raquel Cion has for David Bowie’s artistry and David Jones’s humanity. Cion’s personal stories and the deep cuts of Bowie’s diverse catalog rocket us through the inner space of this “half witch, half cabaret performer” (The New York Times): growing up as an outsider, navigating the celestial realms of love, mid-life crisis, loss, and creatively moving through cancer. Ticket proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. Your ticket will also get you in to Let’s Dance! A Bowie Blitz Dance Party (see below – 10pm start)


Sex Dwarf Logo 2017 web⚡️Let’s Dance! A Bowie Blitz Dance Party
@ Sex Dwarf New Wave Clubhouse, 1227 Walnut St
10pm / $5 / 21+

Sex Dwarf is Philly’s long-running Rock of the 80s dance party, now in its 16th year and hosted by DJ Robert Drake. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues! Join us for the 3rd annual dance party designed to truly showcase The Man and his Music!  Partial proceeds from the door benefit our cause in David Bowie’s memory.


brunch⚡️The 3rd Annual Philly Loves Bowie Brunch
@ Chatayee Thai / 1227 Walnut St
11am-3pm / FREE / $ menu

Join us as the dance floor from last night is transformed into Philly’s newest authentic Thai restaurant – and raise a glass to celebrate the Starman! Once again our friend DJ Gareth Bird (from Manchester, England) will spin wall-to-wall Bowie while we take advantage of a unique Thai brunch menu, complete with special Stardust cocktails, benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.


RebelRebel⚡️Bowie Paint & Create Party
@ Rebel Rebel Salon / 2603 E Allegheny Ave
2-5pm /  $

Come get Ziggy at the 2nd annual fundraiser for #PhillyLovesBowie week as we paint and play the day away! This is a completely non=hair related paint party, where our guests will each be able to paint a record sized Bowie inspired design that ya get to take home, hang up and give a kiss to every time you walk past it! You need zero painting experience to participate as you will be guided along by our own personal art teacher, Dayna. The session will be about 3 hours of fun and will include food, drink and of course good tunes! Oh and if you haven’t seen the new Bowie tarot cards, you can have yours read for you too! Come hang and paint and play with us all for a really freakin good cause! $40 per person and all proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.

Reservations and pre-payment REQUIRED  / please text the salon to make your reservations: 267-858-0964


patti-brett-doobies-940x540⚡️The Philly Loves Bowie Quizzo Night
@ Doobies / 2201 Lombard St

9pm / FREE / $ menu / 21+

Care to test your Bowie knowledge among friends? This is the place to be as Patti Brett, Doobies‘ owner and one of the Sigma Kids, creates and issues a list of Bowie-themed questions … you might just pick up some sweet prizes! (21+)

While at Doobies – be sure to order Loving The Alien, a BlackStar Saison (6.3%). Inspired by the spirit of the Starman and the fact that Philly Loves Bowie, Round Guys Brewing Company and Pub created this exclusive beer with the Starman in mind.


bowieoke⚡️Sing Your Life Karaoke presents BowieOke!
@ Johnny Brenda’s / 1201 Frankford Ave
8pm / FREE / $ menu / 21+

Sara Sheer of Sing Your Life Karaoke presents a very special Bowie edition – and thanks to the fine folks at Johnny Brenda’sthe event is FREE to attend and sing your heart out! This event gets to capacity – so get there early and pick your song – and follow all the rules Sara dishes out!  (21+)


donut⚡️It’s Bowie’s Birthday!
@ Federal Donuts / all locations/ 

Our friends at Federal Donuts will unveil a brand new Bowie Donut (Bonut?) to both celebrate his legacy and raise money for future generations to do the same! Available in all Federal Donuts stores – TODAY ONLY – with proceeds benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP in David Bowie’s memory. Come early as once they sell out, they are sold out!


franklin-institute-observatory-500uw⚡️Night Skies Bowie Edition!
@ Franklin Institute / 20th & The Parkway
7-10pm / $ 

The Franklin Institute pays tribute to David Bowie on the birthday of the late singer, songwriter, and actor with a special Philly Loves Bowie Week edition of the popular monthly stargazing event, Night Skies in the Observatory. Celebrate Bowie’s legacy overlooking Philadelphia, a city so famously instrumental in the tremendous success of his career. Hosted by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, who also delivers the evening’s special presentation, the event features themed activities, stargazing opportunities, Planetarium shows, and a cash bar featuring the specialty cocktail “The Gin Genie.” 


tsk⚡️Special Screening of THE SIGMA KIDS
@ The Roxy Theater / 2023 Sansom St
6:30pm  screening / $

Advance Tixhttp://filmadelphia.org/nowshowing/

The Philadelphia Film Society joins Philly Loves Bowie Week by screening local filmmaker Anthony Crupi’s sincere postcard showcasing Philly’s love for Bowie in his new film The Sigma Kids a documentary exploring the story of David Bowie’s time in Philadelphia recording his timeless album “Young Americans” which sealed both his own unique bond with the city and the lifelong friendships between his biggest fans – The Sigma Kids. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.


cropped-plblogo⚡️The 3nd Annual Philly Loves Bowie Memorial
@ Doobies, 2201 Lombard St

4pm-2am /FREE / $ menu

Gather Bowie fans as we salute the man who meant so much to so many. Weather permitting, we’ll be creating a huge temporary chalk memorial outside of Doobies – we’ll have plenty of chalk, all you need to do is bring your creativity. Chalking begins at 4pm and goes ’til last call. Additionally, there will be Bowie arts and craft projects inside as well as Bowie music and video throughout the night.

(21+ to enter – all ages to create art outside)


BowieBurlesque⚡️Baby Can Dance: A Bowie Burlesque Show
@ Ruba Club / 416 Green St

8pm / $ / 21+

We’re back at it again! From burlesque to buskers – a night of live local performances to celebrate our Starman! Presented by Baphokiss Productions, this unique night is happening at the beautiful Ruba Club and hosted by America Online at AOL . com and Mama Junebug

Performances by:
Lady Baphomae and MasoKissShannon TurnerFarrah ThorneIcon Ebony FierceBrettzoKoshka KillawattBaron AtomyJaime Steele and AnakisMonty Caldo / Peachy Keen and featuring Stage Kittens, Harley HoneyRosé Gold

Tickets $10 / VIP $15 (includes an event poster signed by the cast). Partial proceeds from the door benefit our cause in David Bowie’s memory.


martha⚡️The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
@ L’Etage / 6th & Bainbridge Sts

7pm / $ / 21+

Advance Tix: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3920352

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret was birthed unto Philadelphia in 2005 when Dito van Reigersberg (Martha) called pianist Victor Fiorillo and said, “Let’s play some music together.” Since then the Cabaret has embraced all genres of music – and will celebrate the legend that is Bowie at tonight’s live event. The first show (Jan 10) sold out in record time – thankfully L’Etage was able to squeeze in a second show, Friday January 11. Special ticket packages will be offered to benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.  (21+)


Bowie text⚡️Sound & Vision Happy Hour
@ The Trestle Inn / 339 North 11th St
6-9pm / FREE / 21+

TSOT DJ Argo will spin Bowie exclusively on vinyl while we offer go-go by Trestle Special Lola Gold, along with classic David Bowie videos and drink specials – with $1 from every Young Americans Sour donated the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.


preparty⚡️A Night Of Stardust Pre-Party
@ Roy-Pitz Barrel House / 990 Spring Garden St
4-7pm / FREE (cash menu) 

Join us before A Night of Stardust for a Bowie-themed happy hour! Roy-Pitz Barrel House is just steps away from Union Transfer and we’l be pouring our exclusive Glitter Beer on draft along with some specialty cocktails, and unique food specials in addition to our regular Happy Hour menu. Load up on some drinks and grub before the show and enjoy Bowie tunes and videos! A portion of glitter beer proceeds benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. 


⚡️A Night of Stardust
@ Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St
7pm doors – 8pm show / $20 general  (advance)

Advance Tix: https://secure.etix.com/ticket/p/6510664/a-night-of-stardust-philadelphia-union-transfer

After two sold out years – we once again gather musicians from around the region to celebrate David with A Night of Stardust!  Net proceeds from the concert will benefit the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory.

Just like the past two years, the cast for A Night of Stardust is amazing, featuring local vocal performances by some of your favorites, including: Jeffrey Gaines, Phoebe Legere (NYC), Ari Rubin (Minka) James Michael Baker (Oolala & Johnny Showcase) and Richard Bush. Fun Fact: Phoebe Legere was hand selected by Bowie himself to open dates for his Sound & Vision tour!

Main Light is sponsoring the event with amazing light show fit for a true Bowie experience. Gregory Shelton is extremely excited to once again produce this pinnacle event for Philly Loves Bowie Week.

Doors open at 6:30pm – show begins at 7:30pm – be sure to arrive early as we will be hosting a silent auction in the Union Transfer lobby and get a Bowie Bolt painted on your face, body – wherever! 100% of the proceeds from both the silent auction and face painting will also go to the BOWIE/CHOP fund!




mausoleum_web⚡️Serious Moonlight – The After Party
@ PhillyMOCA, 531 North 12th St
10pm  / $5 (FREE with A Night of Stardust ticket stub) / 21+

Join the Philly Loves Bowie crew as we call it a wrap – just steps away from Union Transfer at PhillyMOCA. A sweet Bowie mix will fill the air as we raise a glass to a wonderful ten days of Bowie – with two days still to go!!


Bending Bowie⚡️Bending With Bowie
@ The Performance Garage / 1515 Brandywine St
10:30-11:30am / $

Join yoga instructor Haley Machir at the Performance Garage for her live music yoga class: Bending With Bowie, a Philly Loves Bowie Week event! We will be moving and grooving to LIVE instrumental covers of David Bowie courtesy of Nick Perri and Tim Schilling! 10:30-11:30am $15 in advance, $20 day of! Cash/Venmo Accepted. Email machirhaley@gmail.com with questions!


donnyplb.png⚡️Donny McCaslin Group
@ The Foundry Philadelphia / 29 East Allen St
8pm / $

Days before his January 2016 death, David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar. While the record represented an endpoint for the legendary artist, it also marked a new beginning for jazz lifer Donny McCaslin who, armed with his saxophone, defined Blackstar‘s visionary stylistic fusion.

Now, three years after Blackstar‘s release, McCaslin returns with a new album, Blow., a new definitive statement that fully realizes Bowie’s influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction. “Before working with him, things like this didn’t seem possible to me,” McCaslin says of Blow. “The affirmation of that project and how wonderfully that turned out artistically — I feel like anything is possible now.”

Despite McCaslin’s extensive, acclaimed career rooted in jazz, collaborating with Bowie altered how he approached his craft. “His aesthetic in the studio was, ‘Go for what you’re hearing, don’t worry about what it’s going to be called or categorized as,'” McCaslin recalls of the late icon. “‘Let’s have some fun. Let’s make some music.'” With the expansive, diverse Blow., McCaslin takes Bowie’s philosophy to heart.

Opening for Donny will be Gail Anne Dorsey.


BowieSkate⚡️A Snowy Bowie Skate
@ Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Penn’s Landing
Noon-6pm Family Skate FREE (fee to skate)

Blue Cross RiverRink is now in its 25th year as an outdoor ice skating rink and sixth season as Winterfest. Join them for All Bowie All Day! From 1-4pm, family friendly activities including ice skating  to Bowie music, Labyrinth will play on the screens inside The Lodge and there will be Stardust face painting and themed drink specials too! If you’ve never been to Winterfest – this is a perfect time to check it out!